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    Man-eating Badgers Terrorise Iraqis

    British blamed for Basra badgers


    British forces have denied rumours that they released a plague of ferocious badgers into the Iraqi city of Basra. Word spread among the populace that UK troops had introduced strange man-eating, bear-like beasts into the area to sow panic.
    But several of the creatures, caught and killed by local farmers, have been identified by experts as honey badgers.
    The rumours spread because the animals had appeared near the British base at Basra airport.
    UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: "We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.



    It is the size of a dog but his head is like a monkey
    Housewife Suad Hassan
    "We have been told these are indigenous nocturnal carnivores that don't attack humans unless cornered."
    The director of Basra's veterinary hospital, Mushtaq Abdul-Mahdi, has inspected several of the animals' corpses.
    He told the AFP news agency: "These appeared before the fall of the regime in 1986. They are known locally as Al-Girta.
    "Talk that this animal was brought by the British forces is incorrect and unscientific."



    THE HONEY BADGER
    Also known as a ratel, it is a large, sharp-clawed mammal
    At around 100cm (39in) long it is slightly bigger than its British woodland cousin
    Capable of taking on a cobra, the animal weighs up to 14kg (30lb)
    Its Latin name is melivora capensis, and it is indigenous to Africa and the Middle East

    Dr Ghazi Yaqub Azzam, deputy dean of Basra's veterinary college, speculated that the badgers were being driven towards the city because of flooding in marshland north of Basra.
    But the assurances did little to convince some members of the public.
    One housewife, Suad Hassan, 30, claimed she had been attacked by one of the badgers as she slept.
    "My husband hurried to shoot it but it was as swift as a deer," she said. "It is the size of a dog but his head is like a monkey," she told AFP.


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    Good idea though.

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    Shouldn't it read "Man eating Beavers Terrorises Iraqis" ?

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    There are unconfirmed stories that Honey Badgers will carry on a vendetta with any creature that has harmed them in some way. It has been said that they will track the offender for days or months until they catch up and take "retribution" (The story I heard was of someone on safari in Africa that had kicked a Honey Badger. The honey badger then tracked them for weeks until it finally attacked the leg of the man. The man got away minus the boot he had originally kicked the honey badger with).
    Several African tribes report that the honey badger attacks the scrotum of larger mammals if provoked and has even castrated humans.
    Ratel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick[quote
    Several African tribes report that the honey badger attacks the scrotum of larger mammals if provoked and has even castrated humans.
    Ratel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/quote]

    Jesus! Forget the terrorists, it's time for a War On Badgers!

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    Now we are getting down to what Dr. Bob is really about,
    IQ of 6.5, loves to spread anything that seems like it might really happen in his magical kingdom at Mead Kansas.

    With enough booze and drugs and the right combinations of each, you can see just about anything that you want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    Now we are getting down to what Dr. Bob is really about,
    IQ of 6.5, loves to spread anything that seems like it might really happen in his magical kingdom at Mead Kansas.
    Wot, you think he's being serious, do you?

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    I have a picure of a man eating beaver.
    But I don't think I'd be allowed to post it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Not for the squeimish that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Now we are getting down to what Dr. Bob is really about,
    IQ of 6.5, loves to spread anything that seems like it might really happen in his magical kingdom at Mead Kansas.
    Subversives spreading anti-American man-eating badger disinformation! No matter how dumb I think you are you can always prove you're even dumber. BG, you're one in a million!

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    There, that should show just what your true IQ is there mate.

    G'day, you answered my question..

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    There, that should show just what your true IQ is there mate.

    G'day, you answered my question..
    I didn't understand a word of that. Joking aside BG, are you OK? Would you like us to call a doctor or an ambulance - people are starting to worry about you.

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